By Abubakar Baba Ahmad
As the World marks Peace day, Stakeholders have advocated an inclusive peace policy to help overcome the myriad of security challenges facing the country.
Similarly, government and the private sector have been urged to build the capacity of Women in the area of Social Inclusion and empowerment for the socioeconomic development of the society.
Stakeholders made the call at a two day training on Social Inclusion and Women empowerment as well as to commemorate 2021 World Peace day organised by International Alert in partnership with Taimako Community Initiative in Bauchi.
One of them and Convener of the training Jennifer Dashe reminded the participants that the World Peace day was first marked forty years ago to enlighten the public on the importance of peaceful coexistence.
Jennifer Dashe who is the Manager International Alert in Bauchi said women constitute a greater percentage of the population, hence the need for them to collaborate towards identifying areas of challenge and surmounting them.
She argued that women and children are the most affected in conflict situations, and called for their participation and inclusion in decision making.
Earlier, the Senior Project Officer International Alert Sunday Jimoh and representative of Taimako Community Initiative Bashir Usman underscored the need for authorities to ensure equity and adequate representation for women and youth in all policies and programs.
Also Speaking, the Resource Person and Executive Director Rescue Initiative for Sustainable development Mrs Lydia Shehu charged the participants to work towards removing barriers impeding women’s participation in peace processes and ensure social inclusion in their respective domains.
Some of the participants Rukayyah Yakubu, Hajiya Binta Ibrahim of Women Mediators Network, Aishatu Muhammed, Bukar Snimbalya Simeon and Shamsiyya Abubakar expressed gratitude for the opportunity and promised to effect positive change in their various endeavours.
The two day training which drew twenty three women from various groups with age bracket between 18 to 65, featured various capacity building activities and the singing of Women Anthem.
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